Freedom of speech must be protected if any movement politically is going to happen. bell hooks believed this and it’s completely true.
Anyone with one iota of sense will see that this was a joke and while some may find it bad taste I think we need to draw a distinction between gay bashing and promoting it and something which is meant to be seen in a humourous light. Again I think the screaming queens among us will again use this as an excuse to throw allegations of homophobia. I have seen homophobia before with friends and with myself being victim to it. I have more things to worry about to be honest than wheather someone takes offence by this cartoon, if they do then they are obvisouly lacking something in their lives
aka Bear Feile
“Nice” to see someone describing people who complain about homophobia as “screaming queens”. Think we can see where you’re coming from, I wonder if you even bothered to find out what was so offensive about the cartoon before jumping to support the bullies ?
There is not joke in suggesting that violence or AIDS should be used on gay men. It’s what has happened in real life, too many times for anyone to excuse it now as “humour”.
Agreed. Nice to see students (and staff) against this. They were also protesting that the campus did not serve the needs of lesbian and gay students.. More power to them!
These students are attending the _Catholic_ Notre Dame University and are unhappy about the hatred Catholics show to lgbt people. Well, who’d have thought Xians were bigots – that’s such a surprise folks, isn’t it?
@ Angelica. Indeed. Still very good that the students and (some) staff are challenging it though?
David W are you one of these that is quick to jump on the bandwagon everytime someone spouts what is clearly humour? Are you going to go down the route of burning an effigy of the author of the cartoon as was so lovingly done by the fundamentalists in Copenhagen? If Jimmy Carr told a joke like that (which he did at a recent gig) would you get up and walk out? Im yer average Joe Soap as is the vast majority of the community who know how to take a joke and everything is fair game as a joke, maybe its my dark sense of humour. Again if you want to set fire to the houses of Parliament and write letters to your local MP you are more than welcome, I’ll just sit back with a bemused impression on my face wondering why we in the community get a bad name.
it seems this incident provoked anger and upset but did not result in world wide riots, deaths and property destruction as some other “cartoons” have fostered of late(!)
The cartoonist must see that there is humor in the word play of turning a fruit (gay person) into vegetable (incapacitated, mentally gone person) with a baseball bat.
Ask a (gay) person who has been bashed if it is easy to separate the word play from the idea of hitting a person with a baseball bat.
It’s fair to say you don’t have to be gay or gay bashed to sense that this type of humor is probably not what healthy and happy societies want to disseminate.